The Broadhurst’s opening show was George Bernard Shaw’s Misalliance on September 27, 1917, starring Maclyn Arbuckle.
Located at 235 West 44th Street, right next door to the Shubert Theatre, The Broadhurst Theatre opened in 1917. The theatre was designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp, one of the major theatre designers of that era.
The theatre was named for playwright-director-producer George Broadhurst, who was made co-manager of the playhouse. Several of his plays ran at the theatre, starting with his musical He Didn't Want to Do It in 1918.
The Broadhurst Theatre's opening show was George Bernard Shaw’s Misalliance on September 27, 1917, starring Maclyn Arbuckle.
With a seating capacity of 1,155 (later augmented to 1,186) and a wide auditorium that offered unobstructed views of the stage, the theatre was constructed to house both musicals and straight fare, which it has done successfully for 100 years.